Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

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Population

5.88M

1.59% growth

Median Age

36.4


Median Household Income

$65,381

4.42% growth

Poverty Rate

13.9%


Number of Employees

2.93M

3.09% growth

Median Property Value

$215,100

8.8% growth

About

In 2017, Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA had a population of 5.88M people with a median age of 36.4 and a median household income of $65,381. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA grew from 5.79M to 5.88M, a 1.59% increase and its median household income grew from $62,613 to $65,381, a 4.42% increase.

The population of Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA is 47% White Alone, 33.4% Black or African American Alone, and 10.8% Hispanic or Latino. 18.1% of the people in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA speak a non-English language, and 92.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA are Georgia State University (7,505 degrees awarded in 2016), Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus (6,246 degrees), and Kennesaw State University (5,923 degrees).

The median property value in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA is $215,100, and the homeownership rate is 63%. Most people in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 29.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA employs 2.93M people. The largest industries in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA are Retail Trade (340,767 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (319,113 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (272,713 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($71,326), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,891), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($61,748).

Median household income in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA is $65,381. Males in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,924. The income inequality in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.479, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$65,381

2017 value

± $760

4.42%

1 Year Growth

± 1.76%

Households in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA have a median annual income of $65,381, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $62,613 in 2016, which represents a 4.42% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$64,612

Average Male Salary

± $1,239

$47,924

Average Female Salary

± $830

In 2017, full-time male employees in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA made 1.35 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $62,588 ± $3,904

  2. White

    $55,935 ± $993

  3. Two or More Races

    $48,186 ± $5,407

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.12 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA is from Georgia.

0.479

2017 Wage GINI

0.48

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.479 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.183% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Georgia was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Georgia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Georgia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA was Forsyth County, GA with a value of $102,084, followed by Fayette County, GA and Cherokee County, GA, with respective values of $84,742 and $76,368.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA (781k out of 5.61M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    360,273 ± 5,242

  2. White

    306,647 ± 4,710

  3. Hispanic

    145,243 ± 3,135

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

2.93M

2017 Value

± 33,318

3.09%

1 Year growth

± 1.58%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA grew at a rate of 3.09%, from 2.85M employees to 2.93M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (198,696 people), Other Business Operations Specialists (90,191 people), and Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, & Distributing Workers (77,119 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (198,696 people), Other Business Operations Specialists (90,191 people), and Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, & Distributing Workers (77,119 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as Air Transportation Workers (2.5 times higher than expected), Operations Specialties Managers Except Financial Managers & Human Resources Managers (1.5 times), and Miscellaneous Computer Occupations, Including Computer Support Specialists (1.47 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($80,355), Management Occupations ($77,392), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($76,449).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

2.93M

2017 Value

± 33,318

3.09%

1 Year growth

± 1.58%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA grew at a rate of 3.09%, from 2.85M employees to 2.93M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, are Retail Trade (340,767 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (319,113 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (272,713 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, though some of these residents may live in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (340,767 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (319,113 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (272,713 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.92 times higher than expected), Information (1.39 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (1.38 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($71,326), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,891), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($61,748).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $48.1B

  2. $38B

  3. $30.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $48.1B, followed by Motorized vehicles with $38B and Electronics and $30.6B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Georgia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$430B

2015 Value

$628B

Projected 2045 Value

46.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Georgia trade was $430B. This is expected to increase 46.1% to $628B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Georgia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $39.4B

  2. $25.3B

  3. $20.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $39.4B, followed by South Carolina with $25.3B and North Carolina and $20.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Georgia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

87% of the population of Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA has health coverage, with 51.4% on employee plans, 13% on Medicaid, 8.78% on Medicare, 12.4% on non-group plans, and 1.38% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA was $6,587 in 2014. This is a 5.41% increase from the previous year ($6,249).

Primary care physicians in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA see 1519 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.459% decrease from the previous year (1526 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1984 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 829 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.2%). Additionally, Rockdale County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,519 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Georgia see an average of 1,519 patients per year. This represents a 0.459% decrease from the previous year (1,526 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$6,587

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,406

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,199

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Georgia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.41%, from $6,249 to $6,587.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

13%

Uninsured

51.4%

Employer Coverage

13%

Medicaid

8.78%

Medicare

12.4%

Non-Group

1.38%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA grew by 3.14% from 12.6% to 13%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 18.2% prevalence

  2. 17.3% prevalence

  3. 16.9% prevalence

Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Georgia, at 18.2%.

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Diversity

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA is home to a population of 5.88M people, from which 92.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 13.2% of Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA is composed of 2.76M White Alone residents (47%), 1.97M Black or African American Alone residents (33.4%), 634k Hispanic or Latino residents (10.8%), 341k Asian Alone residents (5.8%), 143k Two or More Races residents (2.44%), 20.8k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.354%), 9.63k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.164%), and 2.22k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0378%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (500,562 speakers), African Languages (63,084 speakers), and French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (38,273 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA was 36.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

13.2%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

13%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 13.2% of Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA was 13%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    243,242 ± 11,967 people

  2. India

    96,807 ± 7,603 people

  3. Korea

    46,156 ± 5,263 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA was Mexico, the natal country of 243,242 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA residents, followed by India with 96,807 and Korea with 46,156.

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Citizenship

92.3%

2017 Citizenship

92.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 92.3% of Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA was 92.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    2.76M ± 4.14k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    1.97M ± 9.85k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    634k ± 22.4k

In 2017, there were 1.4 times more White Alone residents (2.76M people) in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.97M Black or African American Alone and 634k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    500,562 speakers (9.37%)

  2. African Languages

    63,084 speakers (1.18%)

  3. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    38,273 speakers (0.716%)

18.1% of Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 9.37% of the overall population of Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.18% speak African Languages and 0.716% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    93,329 ± 4,763

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    58,978 ± 4,712

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    55,314 ± 4,278

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.58 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA awarded 63,010 degrees. The student population of Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA is skewed towards women, with 107,888 male students and 140,217 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA are White (24,479 and 41.5%), followed by Black or African American (23,015 and 39.1%), Asian (3,814 and 6.47%), and Hispanic or Latino (3,782 and 6.42%).

The largest universities in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA by number of degrees awarded are Georgia State University (7,505 and 11.9%), Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus (6,246 and 9.91%), and Kennesaw State University (5,923 and 9.4%).

The most popular majors in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA are General Business Administration & Management (4,441 and 7.05%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (3,115 and 4.94%), and Registered Nursing (1,583 and 2.51%).

The median tuition costs in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA are $19,880 for private four year colleges, and $4,034 and $14,449 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 1,246 degrees awarded

  2. 2,064 degrees awarded

  3. 1,338 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA was General Biological Sciences with 1,246 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 7,505 degrees awarded

  2. 6,246 degrees awarded

  3. 5,923 degrees awarded

$4,034

Median In-State Public

$19,880

Median Private

In 2016, the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Georgia State University with 7,505 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

27,100

Degrees Awarded to Men

35,910

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 27,100 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, which is 0.755 times less than the 35,910 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    24,479 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    23,015 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    3,814 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA were to White students. These 24,479 degrees mean that there were 1.06 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 23,015 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA was $215,100 in 2017, which is 0.989 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $197,700 to $215,100, a 8.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA is 63%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA have an average commute time of 29.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$65,381

Median Household Income

± $760

2.1M

Number of Households

± 25,721

In 2017, the median household income of the 2.1M households in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA grew to $65,381 from the previous year's value of $62,613.

The following chart displays the households in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$215,100

2017 Median

± $2,460

$197,700

2016 Median

± $2,251

In 2017, the median property value in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA grew to to $215,100 from the previous year's value of $197,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

63%

2017 Homeownership

61.3%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 63% of the housing units in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 61.3%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

29.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA have a longer commute time (29.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 3.63% of the workforce in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    76.7%

  2. Carpooled

    9.71%

  3. Worked At Home

    7.25%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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